J. P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau GmbH, the parent company of the Sauer Compressors group, offers explosion-proof high-pressure compressors for many ATEX zones. The company has now had the quality management system for the manufacturing processes of the devices audited according to ISO/IEC 80079-34:2018 by an independent third party. In June, TÜV SÜD confirmed the conformity with the important standard following a voluntary audit. The customers of J. P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau benefit from higher safety throughout the entire supply chain and save themselves the need for supplier audits.
The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU regulates equipment and protective systems being put into circulation as well as being provided in potentially explosive atmospheres. The quality management system according to ISO/IEC 80079-34:2018 ensures that the products actually comply with the directive. By complying with this standard, J. P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau assumes responsibility not only for its own components, but also for all supplied parts. This means that the company controls suppliers and their processes accordingly. Managing Director Harald Schulz named one example, “We use our own measuring equipment to check whether fans and tubes that are installed in the compressors are antistatic as declared and therefore ATEX-compliant.” The ATEX-compliant manufacturing process also extends to the areas of maintenance and spare parts.
J. P. Sauer & Sohn Maschinenbau puts a lot of effort into the quality management system. The company has newly created the specialist position of an ATEX manager as a staff position with the management, and the employees are permanently trained. The audit by TÜV SÜD is to be carried out annually from now on. “The demand for explosion-proof ATEX compressors is increasing. We have now established our high design standards on the side of the processes as well. Customers can thus minimize their risk and be sure that the compressors are ATEX-compliant front to back,” said Schulz.